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Updating the Electrical System of a Vintage House

Monday, October 21st, 2019

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One of our specialties as an electrical contractor serving Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley is working on older homes. Southern California may not be New England—we don’t have nineteenth-century homes here. But “vintage” doesn’t have to stretch back to the gaslight era. Many houses built before 1970 have specific requirements when it comes to electrical services (as well as HVAC services, which we also handle).

There’s no wrong time to arrange for Van Nuys, CA, electrical upgrades to your vintage home. But the best time to have a major electrical system overhaul is during a home renovation. You can make the wiring, outlets, panels, and more a part of an extensive renovation project. The results may not make a significant cosmetic change, but the difference in electrical performance and safety is massive. Expert electrical upgrades pay off for many years to come.

Below are important electrical upgrades and changes to have done as part of an extensive renovation.

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The Troubles With Aluminum Wiring in Your Home

Monday, October 7th, 2019

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An important job of any electrician in Van Nuys, CA is keeping homes safe from fires due to faulty wiring. Bad wiring takes many different forms. Our electricians often run into terrible DIY jobs or amateur work on rewiring parts of a home that are against code. You may have this type of electrical danger in your house and not even know it because the previous resident was responsible.

There’s another wiring concern we often deal with: aluminum wiring. This metal was used extensively for wiring in houses built between 1965 and 1972. If you live in a home of this vintage—and there are plenty in L.A. and the San Fernando Valley—you may have a fire hazard lurking in your walls.

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I’ve Got Power Strips, Why Would I Need a Surge Protector?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

usb-outlet… or, to put it another way, “Aren’t power strips surge protectors?”

Yes, power strips offer some protection for precision appliances such as computers and HD televisions from damage in case of a voltage surge. We encourage people to use power strips rather than attempting to overload a circuit with an octopus plug, and any important electronic device should be plugged into a power strip.

But these power strips are not whole-house surge protection. They only serve as one layer against the expensive problems voltage surges can create. We recommend you arrange for whole-house surge protection installation with one of our licensed electricians.

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Cloth Wiring Hazards

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Cloth wiring is a common type of older electrical wire that was used in residential wiring.

If you have an older home, there may be an older version of wiring present which is much more dangerous than the new types of electrical wiring that are being used in homes today.

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Can I Do Any Electrical Wiring Work Myself?

Monday, July 16th, 2018

ceiling-fan-wiring-jobThis is a question homeowners often ask when they either have electrical wiring repairs that need to be done or when they’re contemplating a new installation, such as new lighting, a ceiling fan installation, or when wiring for an add-on room. It’s smart to look for places to save money in home improvement projects. But it’s much smarter to know when doing the work as a “do-it-yourself” project poses potential safety hazards.

There are a number of basic electrical jobs you can do on your own, such as changing a lightbulb and resetting tripped circuit breakers. But handling electrical wires? No, don’t try this on your own! And don’t allow anyone who isn’t licensed try it either, no matter what promises they make. When it comes to electrical wiring in a house, you want Brentwood, CA electricians who know the local electrical codes and are trained and experienced to do safe and effective wiring and wiring repair jobs.

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Let Us Wire Up Your Home Theater System

Monday, June 18th, 2018

living-room-flat-screen-tvOnce upon a time, not so very long ago, the idea of a “home theater system” meant a nice television set in a room without too much light to distract from the screen. Anything more “theatrical” needed to have an expensive projection system and screen installed. Then along came stereo sound equipment. Then big screen TVs. Then surround-sound audio systems. Then flat-screen TVs. Then digital sound. Then HD TVs. Then 4K TVs. And who knows what else may be around the corner?

Today’s home theater systems have the potential to create an experience that’s better than an actual theater. The parking’s easy and you won’t have to deal with people sitting in front of you who keep turning on their smartphones.

Since a completely wireless home theater system hasn’t come along yet, if you want to enjoy the best in a distraction-free, attractive, and save home theater experience, you’re going to need to have some complicated wiring work done. And this is where a professional electrician can help you out.

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Time to Upgrade Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Monday, May 21st, 2018

killowatt-wired-panelThe electrical panel of your home, a.k.a. the circuit breaker panel, is the hub of your electrical system. It’s where the incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits. The breakers are designed to shut off circuits in case of a voltage overload. If you have an old circuit breaker panel, you should make sure you aren’t overdue for having it upgraded.

Basic Questions About Replacing a Circuit Breaker Panel

When is it time to upgrade an older panel? Modern circuit breaker panels can usually last from 25 to 40 years. Answer some of the questions below to get a better idea of when you’re ready for a new panel.

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Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

electrical-panel-repairsThe circuit breaker panel (a.k.a. the electrical panel) is the central “switching station” for electricity in your house. Its breakers are designed to trip and cut off electrical flow to individual circuits in situations where there is excessive voltage. This protects the electrical system from damage, and in turn helps keep your home safer.

An occasional tripped circuit breaker is a minor inconvenience. But when you find yourself making regular trips outside to reset tripped breakers, you have a more serious issue. In most cases, you’ll need to have a licensed, professional electrician in Brentwood, CA discover the source of the electrical trouble so it can be fixed correctly and safely.

So why is this happening? Here are the three most common reasons:

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Electrical Repairs for a Safer Home

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Not all homes use natural gas, but all homes use electricity. The electrical system is essential to daily life in a house, and keeping the circuits, wires, panels, connections, and appliances in good repair protects homes from suffering inconvenient power losses.

But electrical repair serves an even more important job—it keeps homes safe. Electricity poses potential health and fire risks. Modern home electrical systems are designed with safeguards to prevent trouble, but repairs further reduce the potential for something to go wrong.

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A DIY Problem We Often Find in Circuit Panel Wiring

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Is there a problem in your circuit box.The yellow and white wire inside the panel are called Romex. Romex wires are for inside the walls.They should not be inside the circuit panel box.

An issue that professional electricians often deal with when they come to a home to handle repairs is fixing trouble caused by “do-it-yourself” tinkering. Even if you haven’t done any DIY work with your electrical system (and you definitely shouldn’t), the previous homeowners may have. Make sure that you only call a licensed electrician when you need new wiring for your house or any wiring repairs.

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